Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

bp check istock 262x128Your body knows when something isn't quite right. It may just be stress or something that you ate, but stay safe by knowing the warning signs of more serious illnesses. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, make sure you get the treatment you need to recover quickly. 

Depression Warning Signs

Over the past two weeks have you noticed that you have little interest or lost pleasure in doing things? Have you been feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? If you answer yes to these questions, talk to your healthcare provider about depression. Depression is treatable and there is help.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately. 

  • Pressure, squeezing or pain in center of chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Pain spreading to shoulder, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort that comes with feeling lightheaded, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin
  • Fast or irregular heart rate

Stroke Warning Signs

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test: 

F=   FACE    Ask the person to smile. If one side of the face appears crooked or drooping, this person may be having a stroke. 
A=   ARMS    Ask the person to lift both arms in the air — if he or she has difficulty with one arm, this might be a sign that this person is having a stroke. 
S=   SPEECH    Ask the person to speak. If his or her words are slurred or they are unable to speak, they might be having a stroke. 
T=   TIME    If any of the above symptoms are happening, call 911 immediately to make sure that this person reaches the hospital FAST 

Diabetes Signs and Symptoms

Talk to your doctor if you're experiencing these symptoms: 

  • Unquenchable thirst 
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom 
  • Losing weight without trying